Dust Collection Issues. #1: 100% improvement for $100 and a couple of hours.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-07-2012 12:44 AM 12353 reads 29 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last winter Steve (kizerpea) posted this home built canister filter. It caught my attention because I had a large DC system in my Canadian shop that employed a bag filter. Having just done a canister conversion on my HF DC in AZ (how’s that for acronyms), I was all ears especially the part about using truck filters. .... FREE truck filters.

It has taken me a while to get around to it but today I was at the point where that &%^$#&^# dust bag needed to be cleaned. I HATE cleaning it and I know that it doesn’t filter well enough and I know that it creates too much resistance but I had put off the switch because of the need to order filters from another country and the fact that there are no filters set up to fit my DC.

Realizing that this time was coming I had been checking around and discovered that the local truck shops were reluctant to give away used filters (because of environmental liability I think). So I had a look at new ones and bought two of the cheapest. They are cheap, incidentally because they are very popupar and high volume sellers, not because they are any lesser in quality.

Anyway. to make a long story short, Here’s what I had when I went into town to buy filters after lunch today.

And here’s what I had at four o’clock.

It was a simple matter of building a quick manifold that screwed to the wall and fit over the 8” exhaust of my DC. It has two 7” holes in the bottom and a rod bolt to cinch up the filters.

Now for the good part. When I started it up it pulled an entire garbage can full of junk out of my system.
It was sucking madly at the distant outlets that had been disappointing from the start and it was quieter into the bargain. All this and nano filter efficiency for $100 and two and a half hours of work. Unbelievable. I won’t be able to sit for a week from all the kicking I’ve been giving myself.

For the record my system is underfloor and consists of a 30’ X 8” main, 6” secondaries and shortish 4” tertiary lines, all PVC and all connected up with very smooth home made “Y’s”. The few 4” ones never worked… now they do. The planer shavings, if they were long, as from a wide board, would often jam a line unless the bag was quite clean. Now I’m thinking of tightening the bolts that hold the planer head in the planer.

What can I say. I may not have used your system Steve but thanks just the same for the kick in the butt that got me started.

Thanks for looking in

Questions, comments and critiques are welcome.

Update The (Donaldson) part number for these particular filters is P181016.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 12:49 AM

Way to go Paul. That is a neat looking system. I wish I had room for a big one like that!!....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 12:55 AM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 12:55 AM

Very cool, seems like a scary amount of dust that was sitting in your system though. Seems like it might be even easier to adapt this to a HF DC. I’ll have to start looking into this.

-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 12:58 AM

Mighty nice solution. I should really upgrade my DCU.

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 12:59 AM

That’s quite a jungle… Glad it works… LOL

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 01:11 AM

Glad your upgrade worked out so well!

Now, about them homemade “Y’s”......

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 01:20 AM

I need to upgrade my DC and that looks like a very good idea. I like it. Thanks for sharing Paul.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 01:30 AM

Great upgrade Paul. I have a cyclone system with a single canister filter and have been wanting to build a unit that would accomodate 2 filters. I feel it would increase the suction and reduce back pressure caused by a single filter. Your design prompts me to move ahead with it. I have also been considering a “Y” connector just before the filter with blast gtes on each leg so I could vent directly outside when the weather is good and I would not mind pulling the shop air out…and then using the other leg when I would want the outside weather to stay outside.

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 02:47 AM

Great ideas, Paul. I’m going to look into upgrading my one bag Grizzly. THANX!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 09-07-2012 04:28 AM

derosa, The amazing thing is that it was working at all.

If I cleaned the bag I would have got a lot of it but this is at least twice as good.

DIYaholic, I will do a post about them. They are really interesting and quite simple to make. If you look into buying them, you won’t look long.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 09-07-2012 05:29 AM

That’s a cool idea.

I guess you throw the filter once they clog?

My feeling is they may clog faster; they are getting more concentrated stream of dust but I also think the cyclone brings that down quite a bit.

I am nobody in filtration, but l read a little after your post because it got me excited.
I am concern about the specific micron rating or lack of. It looks like trucks/car filter don’t have a specific micron rating.
If I understood well They are rated on a scale based on iso 5011 publication, similar to:

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 09-07-2012 03:02 PM

These are Donaldson filters, like Steve’s except a different shape. They are rated, Just like the Wynn ones at merv 15 @ 99.9% and use nano fiber technology. They are essentially the same filter as the ones sold for dc’s.
The one I have in AZ. (Wynn) cleans easily with compressed air.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 09-07-2012 04:47 PM

Paul what is the HP on your motor? Since pipes are under floor have you had any mechanical problems?

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#14 posted 09-07-2012 05:56 PM

It’s a Craftex 3Hp model. One of the many Chinese models that get painted different colors and marketed under different names. The model # is CT046, no longer available.

I have never had trouble with my piping mechanically but as mentioned above, whenever the filter started getting dirty the lines were not being fully evacuated. I think that has been remedied.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 09-07-2012 06:28 PM


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